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   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that the boat is leaking.
Everybody knows that the captain lied.
   Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died.
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Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   And a long red rose.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that you love me, baby.
Everybody knows you really do.
   Everybody knows that you've been faithful,
Give or take a time or two.
   Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
   Without your clothes.
Everybody knows.

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Everybody knows that it's me or you.
   And everybody knows that you live forever
When you've done a line or two.
   Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
   For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that the plague is coming.
Everybody knows that it's moving fast.
   Everybody knows that the naked man and woman —
Just a shining artifact of the past.
   Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
   That will disclose
What everybody knows.

   And everybody knows that you're in trouble.
Everybody knows what you've been through
   From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach at Malibu.
   Everybody knows it's coming apart.
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
   Before it blows.
And everybody knows.

Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.


By Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.
© 1988 CBS Records, Inc.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016



Billionaire Tom Steyer owes me $5
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 11-27-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-28 & 11-30-2019 / Expansions in blue


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   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.

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Time to go from out of my mind to out of the closet.

Tom Steyer is the only person who stands between Donald Trump and re-election. If he wins the Donkeyite nomination, I'll vote for him. I remain a Bernie man. I supported the great senator in 2016 and I don't bend with the whim.

Maybe Tom will listen now that a second freedom-loving racist New York billionaire has entered the presidential race. Stop-and-Frisk Bloomberg makes one for the Dems joining the big one for the dings.

Billionaire Boys Club member Steyer can be the wildcard, but only if he goes wild, takes the following to heart, and acts.

In the Oct. 2 Barbwire, I noted that "all Democrats are running basically the same standard campaign against a mad king with a big, well-funded army. You can't beat a TV folk hero with garden variety vinegar-filled toy balloons. The Donkeykongs continue playing on Trump's turf. I've had a borderline brilliant crazy idea and have started bicycling it around. For a hint, read 'Audience of One,' NY Times chief TV critic James Poniewozik's killer new book you can order at Grassroots Books on W. Grove Street."

Poniewozik's thesis is simple: "Donald Trump is not a person. He is a TV character."

Mr. Steyer asked for a meeting with the Reno-Sparks NAACP and local African-American leaders. It took place on Sept. 29.

After I helped his crew set up chairs, I caught him alone.

"Mr. Steyer, Nevada's a betting state and I'll make you a sporting wager. I have an original media idea only you can afford to implement. I'll bet five dollars you have not heard it before."

He started reaching for his wallet and I stopped him. "If you have heard it before, I owe you five. If you lose, I will bill you in 2030 so that for the next 10 years, I can brag that a billionaire owes me five bucks."

The man has a sense of humor.

I presented the following simple concept after the meeting and he told me to send the idea to his managers. (I have not heard back.)

"Tell you what," he said. "Next time I see you, I'll buy you a five-dollar drink and you buy me the same."

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE. DEPT. On Nov. 16, NYTimes columnist Jennifer Weiner got into the act.

"How do we reach the swayable segment of the population and keep its members from changing the channel?," she asked. "Colorful charts? Dramatic re-enactments?" (GADZOOKS!) "A musical version?"

Ms. Weiner is entirely correct. Here's what I told Steyer and company:

"Produce a network-quality, weekly TV series visually re-enacting the depredations of Trump.

"You are up against an incarnated TV show and the only thing that can beat him is better TV.

"Hire Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond to play Trump. He's far better than Alec Baldwin. Why showrunner Lorne Michaels replaced Hammond, I can't fathom. Hammond was a perfect Bill Clinton, too. Sir Sean Connery said 'he's better than me' at playing the erstwhile Mr. Bond. Hammond may or may not be available, as he is still the opening credits announcer on the show. Call his agent.

" 'Before you can preach, you must entertain,' advised legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra. ('Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', 'It's a Wonderful Life')

"NBC reporter Katy Tur's first response to Stephen Colbert about why Trump won: 'He entertained them.'

"ONLY TOM STEYER can implement my solution: Get Hammond. Get a killer crew of writers and directors. Producing a half-hour of network quality TV is a helluvan undertaking. (Rule of thumb: A million dollars a show.) A series requires yearslong lead time, time you don't have. By doing this, you can prove to the voters how capable you are.

"CONTENT: Docudramas, e.g., the hookers at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton. Walking unannounced into the Miss Universe dressing room. The pussy tape recording, inside the van. Personal and professional rape and pillage.

"Comedy/drama: The stuff that you already know that polls the best and hits the hardest.

"So far, what Trump-fatigued Americans have been seeing is people talking about Trump and Trump talking about hisself. I saw a recent poll that reported a chilling response when people were asked 'Who's Donald Trump?' Millions answered that he's a guy with a TV show that's on all the time.

"Any news department knows that TV requires pictures, action, conflict. Czar Donaldov certainly does. Reagan media maven Michael Deaver told Leslie Stahl on '60 Minutes' that he and his White House staff felt that they had become TV producers, giving the cameras something new every day."

Just like Trump.

In the first month of his presidency, he told his staff that they were producing a daily TV show at the end of which, Trump will have vanquished an opponent. Next day, start over.

Liberal Hollywood will flock to this project. as will its unions, cutting down lead time and costs. The show should be made available everywhere thru every medium.

Even if Steyer fails to get the nomination, the show will turbocharge the Democrats and should be continued thru next October. [UPDATE: On Nov. 28, NBC's Seth Myers ran a clip of Steyer stating "I don't really want to be president."]

The magic of television lies in showing stuff to people, not just talking heads. Trump is his own TV show. Do a better one.

Steyer told me that he and his minions once had a similar idea for a cartoon but discarded it. Time to fight Mr. Reality TV with hard core reality. (Stormy Daniels may be available.)

PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS. I write none of the above less than seriously.

Recently, I talked with a successful Pakistani immigrant businessman who's a fairly liberal Democrat. I also spoke with a longtime Sparks businessman who came here from Ireland as a child. My truculent Irish friend makes a point of telling anyone and everyone that he's a purple, neither red nor blue. Unfortunately, both agree with me: Right now, Trump's the favorite to win next year.

Because all the opponents are running the same damned campaign. And that's a loser against the psycho standup comic with great ratings.

Happy Thanksgibleting to you and yours.

Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (And my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)

¡Sí se puede!
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Andrew Barbano is a 51-year Nevadan, executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, superannuated labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of NevadaLabor.com and BallotBoxing.US and SenJoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com and Protect Our Washoe.org/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. He has lived in both northern and southern Nevada during his half-century+ in the Silver State. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 10th Nevada Press Association award (6 of 10 first-place) at the 21 Sept. 2019 NPA annual convention in Ely. In 1996, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a six-month investigative series. His multi-media road construction zone safety campaign for Laborers' Union Local 169 won a first-place award from the National Safety Council in a nationwide competition. (Such ephemera and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.) His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian of London/UK and more important publications.

WEB XTRAS & SMOKING GUNS —>

Veni, Vidi, Jockocracy?
Locker room rules: Caesars goes commando, union vows resistance to Eldorado empire

By Bryan Horwath / Las Vegas Sun 6-28-2019 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-8-2019

Eldorado-Caesars merger means labor union battles far beyond Reno & Las Vegas
Culinary Union leader D. Taylor: "Where are they going to cut?"

Building trade union campaigns continue
By Ed Komenda / Reno Gazette-Journal / 6-27-2019

[4-20-2019] — About 100 demonstrators from almost all the region's unions, local community service organizations and political activists joined Culinary Union members picketing Circus Circus in the late afternoon of April 18. A couple of CC suits came out to see what all the fuss was about, as if they didn't already know. In addition to the familiar union "contract now!" chants came calls for a strike against the Carano jocks. ¡Viva Huelga! ¡Sí se puede!

REAL NEWS DEPT. In January 2019, Culinary Union Local 226 defeated an attempt by Circus Circus-Reno to decertify (terminate) the union's representation of its workers. No word on whether management plans to appeal the result to the National Labor Relations Board which was recently put out of business for 35 days. Thank you, Czar Donaldov.

CONSUMER CONUNDRUMS: PINK SLIPS, PURGES AND PRUNING. I need to hear from recently purged Eldorado Hotel-Casino, Circus Circus-Reno and Silver Legacy employees. Barbwire spies report perhaps 100 workers got the ax just in time for the 2018 holidays. In the Tribune, at Barbwire.US and in the London Guardian, I have lamented the deepening desperation of renters here in Tesla Valhalla. I'm now getting complaints about medical and dental practices purportedly pruning their patient loads, cutting loose the less-lucrative. That's de facto malpractice but medical professionals are lawsuit-proof under Nevada law — unless you're rich enough to personally pay a few hundred grand in legal fees. That's why TV lawyers only advertise for arrest or accident cases these days. If you've been cast adrift by patient pruning, call me at (775) 882-TALK or e-mail me.


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Back to the future down Amnesia Lane
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 11-20-2019 Sparks Tribune

People get ready, that train's a comin'
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Special Barbwire Confidential Internet Edition 11-12-2019 / Updated 11-14 & 11-15-2019
A version of this column appeared in the Wednesday 11-13-2019 Sparks Tribune
An excerpt of the following was included in Andrew Barbano's address to the school board on Nov. 12.

SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME: Clever maneuvering prevents vote after 4 of 7 trustees announced support for Feemster.

DO NOT risk your kids at Golden Eagle Park
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 11-6-2019 Sparks Tribune

Tale of 2 city halls: Cancer kids & brain damage
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-30-2019 Sparks Tribune

Written in the stars: UNR football for racial justice
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-23-2019 Sparks Tribune

Goodbye, Columbus: A mirror for America
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-16-2019 Sparks Tribune

Déjà vu all over again: Bernie turns 2020 into 1968
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-9-2019 Sparks Tribune

City of Reno turns W. Plumb Lane into horny street
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-2-2019 Sparks Tribune

Hip-hopping mad over molesters and Mad Kings
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-25-2019 Sparks Tribune

Trade the Confederacy straight across for Greenland
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-18-2019 Sparks Tribune

Cut in twain
(Myers' favorite photo)

Dennis Myers: Enroute to the universe next door
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-11-2019 Sparks Tribune
Obituary, 1948-2019
[En Español — La Voz Hispana En Nevada 9-18-2019]

Philippines to Burning Man to Ireland: Adios GOAT
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-4-2019 Sparks Tribune

Nevadian Dennis Myers: The Greatest Of All Time
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 8-28-2019 Sparks Tribune

Veteran Nevada reporter Myers removed from life support
Obituary:
Dennis C. Myers 1948-2019
[En Español — La Voz Hispana En Nevada 9-18-2019]

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Internet Edition 8-25-2019 Sparks Tribune


Reno City Council passes rent control
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-17-2019 Sparks Tribune

DAY OF THE DEAD
Relieve Rent & Pillage: Save SB398 & AB399

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Online Legislative Edition / 4-12-2019 / Updated 4-13 and 4-14-2019 GMT
Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline

Politics does not reward the shy
Rent justification and a death penalty for corporate depredation
Barbwire
by Andres Luis Barbáno
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Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline

Sore-oppressed Soul-Sister Cities: Menlo Park and Reno-Sparks-Fernley share similarly sad high-tech stretch marks.
"All humanity has left the area": paying for Tesla's Gigafactory with outrageous rents and scrambling schools
Barbano and Nevada conservatives decry corporate welfare depredations
By Rory Carroll / The Guardian 7-3-2018
Editor's Note: The Guardian publishes 180,000 newspapers daily in London and environs and generates ONE BILLION monthly web page views. (I should live so long.)
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"Facebook is taking everything": rising rents drive out Silicon Valley families
Property companies advertising their proximity to Facebook’s campus are giving low-income residents a choice: pay a huge rent increase or move out
By Sam Levin / The Guardian 6-20-2018

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A cuckoo coup and a president, too
Barbwire exclusive: Secret 2017 meeting set the setup in motion
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/ Uploaded 7-23-2019 / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-24-2019 Sparks Tribune

Alfred E. Neuman for Washoe school superintendent
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-10-2019 Sparks Tribune

Witness at the execution
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-3-2019 Sparks Tribune

Gang banging on 9th Street
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BLACK LIKE ME 2119: The problem as solution
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-13-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-14 and 2-16-2019
Breaking News —> Culinary Union defeats decert at Circus Circus Reno
Dear Readers: The above column served as the conclusion of remarks I submitted before the "Tahoe Talks: Racism in America" symposium at the Incline Village, Nev., Library on February 12, 2019. So you might want to read "FADE TO BLACK" before you read "Black Like Me 2119".



$75 dead or alive: Still crazy after all these years
A mass murderer becomes famous on TV a century later

How come nobody noticed 'til now?
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-21-2018 Sparks Tribune

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners Max Blank and Isaac Harris. Is not Mr. Harris eerily familiar to television junkies?

From the Emmy-winning opening slate of the blockbuster "Cheers" television series. Combined with its "Frasier" spinoff, it lasted 20 years.
The "shirtwaist kings" immigrated from Russia and made a fortune manufacturing "Gibson Girl"-style blouses. (Photo, "The American Experience"/PBS)
The Emmy-winning opening slate of the "Cheers" television series before the "slate" of creators is superimposed. Looks like Mr. Harris' dead ringer (at left) is having a bloody good time.

"Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Chico Marx disguised as Groucho Marx in "Duck Soup" (1933)
Back to the story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist holocaust

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Andrew Barbano is a 50-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is the executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us.

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
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